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IITA LAUNCHES TOTAL WAR ON BANANA BUNCHY TOP DISEASE (BBTD) IN OGUN STATE.

It was Wednesday 23rd August, 2017, the venue was a conglomerate of villages of Ilashe, Idologun, Alari and the suburbs, everybody waiting eagerly to received once again, the members of The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), all in an effort to launch total war on Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) in the invading communities.

IITA would be doing this in partnership with Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) with support from USAID. The team arrived at the agrarian village to teach farmers in the communities on ‘Rapid Pest Reporting and Diagnostics with CDS Tool.

A member of the team, Dr Kumar explained to the members of quarantine service that The Crop Disease Surveillance (CDS) is a digital application for rapid reporting of occurrence and diagnosis by visual inspection, where specimen would be submitted as digital images. He further emphasized The CDS app, though may look task at the beginning but farmers need this to check mate the prevalent situation of pests and diseases.

He said the app can be used with any internet enabled device such as Smartphone, tablet and computer. The CDS app was programmed to enable follow-up inspections, laboratory confirmation tests and solutions to prevent and control crop pests.

BUSAYO DEMONSTRATING ON HOW TO THE DEVICE:

The demonstration on how to use the app was practically shown to members of NAQS by Mr. Busayo Ogunya. As show in the diagram, he said the app was very simple. “Using the app is very simple” Ogunya told the members of NAQS. “All that is required is to download CDS app into your android device from the URL given” he reiterated.

People tested the app and discovered how easier it was. Also present at the meeting were communities heads of various farmer’s groups. The head, Post-Entry Unit of NAQS was also present, with representative of Ogun State Agricultural Development (OGADEP) was fully represented and representative of Ipokia Local Govt Area are not left out of the show. The pictorial representation of the events are captured here

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